Wigs for people with cancer-related hair loss have improved since mum’s Trump bouffant

A new charity is creating stylish wigs for people facing medical-related hair loss
Trevor Sorbie

Hairdresser Trevor Sorbie's fantastic mynewhair charity is helping people with cancer-related hair loss feel less self-conscious

I was almost eight years old when my mum was diagnosed with leukaemia, and some of my most vivid memories of her treatment and subsequent recovery are inextricably linked to her hair. I looked on as her thick, wavy auburn hair came out in clumps and I used one of my Barbie doll combs to brush hairs from her pillow.

Then there was the day she brought home a wig from the hospital: a mousy, wiry bouffant Donald Trump would be proud of.

When she tried it on, she didn’t look like my mum anymore. Even my grandmother did a double take when she saw her, barely recognising her


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